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Every year, the German Sustainability Award (Deutsche Nachhaltigkeitspreis) is presented by the foundation, Stiftung Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis e.V., in cooperation with the Federal government. The 8th awards ceremony was held in Düsseldorf on 27 November 2015 with over 500 companies taking part in this year’s competition. The award was presented to companies who best unite running a successful business with being socially responsible and protecting the environment. A jury of sixteen experts named REMONDIS SE & Co. KG as one of the Top 3 “most sustainable large corporations in Germany” for the third year running.
Around 1,200 guests – many of them from the worlds of business, politics and science – were invited to attend the gala evening and watch the winners being presented with their German Sustainability Award. 2015, the year of sustainability, has been shaped by the introduction of the UN’s sustainable development goals, the Climate Change Conference in Paris and the refugee crisis in Europe – subjects that the German Sustainability Awards Ceremony took into account with its high-profile protagonists such as Queen Silvia of Sweden and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres. The focus of the awards ceremony, which was held in the MARITIM Hotel in Düsseldorf, was on excellence in sustainability and the people behind it and this was presented in an informative and highly entertaining way. The guests of honour were well-known personalities from business, culture, sport and the media such as Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Sven Hannawald, Ute Lemper and Art Garfunkel, who put on a nostalgic show for the audience.
The companies’ excellence in sustainability was evaluated by the prestigious management consultancy firm, A.T. Kearney, and the Wuppertal Institute who looked at how businesses had succeeded in finding effective solutions for ecological and social problems, at the business success of the measures they had implemented and on their future goals. REMONDIS Press Spokesman, Michael J. Schneider, expressed his pleasure at the company being presented with the award: “It is a great honour for our company to have been named one of the three most sustainable large corporations in Germany. This prize reflects how recycling is becoming one of the most important areas for achieving sustainable environmental protection and preventing climate change. We would like to thank the jury, our partners and customers as well as our 30,000+ employees who make this success possible every single day.”
(from left to right) Margret Suckale, Board Member of BASF SE, Michael Rauterkus, Chairman of Grohe AG, Carsten Voigtländer, Chairman of the Board of Management at Vaillant GmbH, and Michael J. Schneider, Press Spokesman at REMONDIS, at the German Sustainability Awards Ceremony